Anthony Kiedis honours the rapper with homemade MCA t-shirt
Red Hot Chili Peppers have paid tribute to Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch by performing an instrumental version of ‘So What’cha Want’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to view.
The band also performed Beastie Boys‘ ‘Gratitude’ and played the rap trio’s hits, including ‘Check Your Head’ and ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), on the PA system before and after their gig in Newark on Friday (May 4).
According to Billboard, Antony Kiedis wore a home-made MCA – the name Yauch was more commonly known as – t-shirt and told the crowd: “We lost a good man today. He left the world a lot of beauty. I hope you carry that flame. Adam was for real.”
Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node in July 2009 and had been fighting the disease ever since.
In 1979, Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond, who he met at school, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz. After starting out as a punk group inspired by Black Flag, the trio soon began experimenting with hip-hop.
The release of their first full album ‘Licensed To Ill’ in 1986 broke them into the mainstrean by becoming the the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard album chart. In total, the band released eight albums including ‘Paul’s Boutique’, ‘Check Your Head’ and ‘Ill Communication’.
The group’s last album, ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, was released last year. It was originally planned for release in 2009 but was delayed after Yauch’s diagnosis. Adam Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter Tenzin Losel.